Quick Info

  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : English (including Literature, Writing, and Creative Writing)
  • : Summer 2018 - Summer 2018
  • : TBD
  • : January 28, 2018
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record

Academics

Need to fulfill a general education requirement?  We've got courses for that!  Take a look below:

Dieterich School of Arts and Sciences:

Literature:  ENGLIT 0636
Historical Change and/or 2nd Arts Creative Expression:  ENGLIT 0612

This program satisfies the 3 foreign culture requirements.  It also fulfills the non-Western requirement.

 Janus-faced Prague: Gateway between two worlds.  Looking one way, we see Dracula's Castle, the menacing, mysterious Otherness of Turkish rule and the vague direction of the floating anxieties of the Enlightenment Europe; turning the other way, we encounter Kafka's Castle and the nightmarish confluence of Anxiety and unreason in Modernity. Although Italy is usually said to be the locus of the Gothic Imagination, beginning with the Castle of Otranto and the Myteries of Udolpho, this course will take advantage of the spectacular location of Prague to rethink the ways in which reason and superstition; progress and nostalgia; order and nightmare; "Europe" and "The East" are conceived of and conjured.  Like Dracula's invitation to his guest  at the threshold of his castle to enter of his own free will, Prague invites us to consider itself the threshold of the knowledge by which we make our identities. We are human because we are not vampirical; we are "civilized" because we believe in reason and the rule of law; we are "moral" because we do not prey on the defenceless.  Exploring the Gothic Imagination and its themes of repressed sexuality, anxieties about inheritance and merit; masculinity and femininity; about "foreigners" and ""Others";  and the modern unwillingness to concede the libidinal force of our conscious and unconscious desires and anxieties in the setting of Prague and its environs will be a unique opportunity for us.  Centering our re-imagining around Prague Castle, we will read Dracula; Kafka's The Castle; and work our way backwards to The Castl;e of Otranto and the Mysteries of Udolpho. Exciting features will include talks about Vlad the Impaler,  and Kafka and the Gothic.   We hope to discover whether the willingness to confront the grotesque and the monstrous inherent in modernity is a way of returning to the "human."

Literature and Science is a new course in the Pitt curriculum, taught in Prague by the faculty member who designed it.  The Prague version of the course looks at the ideas of the “human” and the “inhuman” through a thoughtful engagement with such works as Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, Franz Kafka’s “In the Penal Colony,” Karel apek’s Rossum's Universal Robots (the Czech play that introduced the word “robot” to the world), and Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.  A concern of this course will be the manner in which science and rationality promised to free humans from anxiety and make them masters of the natural world, and how neither of these things has worked out as we hoped.  While this is a literature course, your instructor could not resist bringing in some of the Czech tradition of animation and filmmaking.  Thus, we will also be working with cinema including work by Czech filmmaker Jan Švankmajer, the Brothers Quay, and Steven Soderbergh’s film Kafka (shot in Prague).

Coursework may count towards UCIS certificate 

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Jeffrey Aziz is a faculty member in Pitt’s English department, and enjoys teaching courses at many levels, from introductory courses (Introduction to Popular Culture) to advanced seminars (he once taught a seminar entitled “Representing the Devil”).  His own research is on the Protestant Reformation in England, but his interests range from Renaissance science and anatomy to Early Modern Jewish Studies.  He is fascinated by the idea of the “popular” from the Medieval to the present day, and he is not too proud to enjoy punk rock, Japanese anime, and detective films and fiction (he can’t wait for the new season of Sherlock).  He is a passionate advocate of study in the arts, languages, and literature.  He was recently profiled in Pitt’s Original magazine in an article entitled “The Man Behind the Skull.” 

Uma Satyavolu Rau has taught at Pitt for the last twelve years, and she enjoys most of all the range of courses she teaches, and the different kinds of students whom she encounters as a consequence.  Although her Ph. D dissertation was based  mainly on the relation between the Scottish Enlightenment idea of “Civilization” and its influence on imperialism in Nineteenth Century culture/literature,  she takes great pleasure in introducing students to texts ranging from the Gilgamesh to the graphic novel in courses at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum.  In courses ranging from Introduction to Literature; and Reading Poetry to Immigrant Literature;  from The Gothic Imagination; to Victorian Novel to the History and Politics of the English Language, she has tried to encourage students to learn to read closely, and see the texts in their conatext.  Her secret ambition is to teach her way through every undergraduate course on the English Department catalogue. Her current overmastering intellectual passion is Indo-European/Sanskrit poetics, and perhaps as a result, in literary and cultural tropes which cross over  linguistic/geographical boundaries. She is interested in the way languages/texts/ideas travel between and circulate among different peoples and countries, which naturally gives her a keen interest in translation in every form. She believes that every act of reading is a translation, and that every course is an opportunity for her to act as an interpreter or translator between texts and students. To introduce the students to the text and the idea, and to see students become immersed in it is her greatest pleasure as a teacher. She considers something like  “Thank you for making me read Middlemarch! It is now my favorite book ever” the highest compliment she could receive.

Housing

You will be staying in shared apartments in Prague.  Each apartment has a full kitchen, typically shared living and bedrooms. Apartments are centrally located and typically a 20-minute commute to the classroom center.

Pricing And Dates

Summer 2018

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
TBD TBD
Arrive in Prague Depart Prague
Summer 2018 Summer 2018

Keep in mind that dates may change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.

Please Note: All students are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Bash.  This afternoon long event will cover important topics relevant to study abroad like health, safety, security, and more.  Plus, it will give you the chance to meet other students studying abroad on your programs!  Alumni and staff will also be present to help you start thinking about your goals for the program.

The Pre-Departure Bash for this program will be on: February 10, 2018 at TBD in TBD. Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!

 

Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your Prague program fee, the follow are included in the program:

  • Tuition for six credits
  • Housing for shared apartments in Prague
  • Academic site visits within Prague
  • Day trip to Kutna Hora and the Sedlec Ossuary
  • Day trip to Terezin concentration camp

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Pitt Study Abroad Administrative Fee: $300
  • International roundtrip airfare (~$1400)
  • Meals and personal expenses (~$1500)

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Special Information

No prior Czech language skills required.  Courses are taught in English.  Prague in the summer is not to be missed!

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Tim Crawford

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Hi Everyone! I’m Tim, a Program Manager here in the Study Abroad Office. I’m proud to be from a small town in Central PA but now love calling Pittsburgh home. My study abroad experience includes a semester in France during my sophomore year, Spring Break in London during Grad School and Summer in Italy as a Program Assistant. My experiences opened my eyes to the rest of the world and I’d love to help you take advantage of the numerous study abroad opportunities here at Pitt. Outside of the office, I’m always looking for the next adventure whether it’s exploring a new city or new neighborhood in PGH. I fully embrace the yinzer way of life and plan my schedule accordingly around every Pens, Bucs and Stillers game. I’d love to talk to you more about any of our study abroad programs and answer any of your questions. Please reach me at TSC29@pitt.edu or 412-648-2156.